Community remembers school shooting victims

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(WKRN) The visitations for Bailey Holt and Preston Cope, the two victims in last week’s school shooting, were held at the gym at Marshall County High School Saturday. 

The campus was adorned with flowers and messages of support and prayer. A rain-soaked flag flying at half-staff. 

As the community begins to heal, the families of Bailey Holt and Preston Cope had something to say. 

Jackie Reid and Tracy Tubbs reading statements on behalf of each family. 

“To hear how much Preston was loved has been such a blessing. He was caring, compassionate, and had the biggest heart.”
“How great our Lord and Savior is. He chose us to have this beautiful creature in our lives for 15 short, but magnificent years,” said Tubbs, Bailey’s aunt. 

She called bailey a simple girl, who was most comfortable in a sweatshirt and jeans –

“We will get through this, and we will be more like Bailey going forward. We will hug tighter. We will love harder. And we will be more present with our families. We give glory to God knowing our sweet angel is running down the streets of gold, wearing her black Converse shoes and her Louisville Cardinals sweatshirt.” 

Family members say Preston loved the outdoors. He was a fan of history and baseball. 

“Of course he was a member of the Marshall County Baseball team. He loved the St. Louis Cardinals. His dad speaks about one of the greatest opportunities Preston had was being able to play at Busch Stadium, whenever the high school team got to play there I believe last year. He said that’s a memory they’ll hang onto forever,” said Reid.

Bailey and Preston grew up side by side in the tight-knit community. They even went to the same Kindergarten.

Starting school together, and ultimately ending school together on January 23. 
 

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(This story was originally published on Jan. 28, 2018)

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